INSPIRING
NEXT
PRACTICES
in the aging services industry

An opportunity to recognize important breakthroughs in aging services

Mather Institute created the Innovative Research on Aging Awards to recognize excellent applied research that offers important implications for the aging services industry and inspires next practices.

Get recognized and rewarded for your important efforts

Entry Guidelines:

Researchers and authors who have published manuscripts between March 2021 and March 2022 are invited to apply. The research must be applicable to a relevant area, including

  • supporting the senior living workforce
  • technological advancements for older adults
  • programs that support health and well-being of senior living residents
  • aging in place

Evaluation Criteria:

Applicants will be evaluated based on:

  • quality of research
  • actionable research findings and recommendations
  • relevance to important problems in the senior living industry
  • innovation

Monetary Awards:
One $2,000 gold award, up to four $1,000 silver awards, and up to five $500 bronze awards

The deadline for 2022 entries has passed. The 2023 Call for Submissions will open in winter 2023.

Congratulations to this year’s winner and honorees:

2022 Gold Award

Mather Institute Innovative Research Gold Award

PROMOTING PURPOSE THROUGH RESIDENT PROGRAMS:
Providing Programs That Support Purpose in Life

University of Manchester

Laura J. E. Brown, PhD

This study provides new insights into the importance that long-term care residents place on purpose in life, how purpose in life can be promoted through resident programs, and the barriers and facilitators to engagement that residents face.

2022 Silver Award Recipients

Mather Institute Innovative Research Silver Award
  • BRIGHTENING OLDER ADULTS’ DAYS
    Increasing Positive Daily Interactions to Bolster Sense of Purpose
  • REVERSING AGEISM IN STUDENTS OF MENTAL HEALTH
    Examining Ageist Attitudes in Future Providers of Mental Health Services
  • TAKING A CLOSER LOOK AT LIFE SATISFACTION
    Evaluating Domains of Satisfaction for Keys to Improving Health & Well-Being
  • FEEDING FRESH IDEAS ON FOOD CHOICES
    Digging into Resident Input on the Importance of Snack Variety & Accessibility

2022 Bronze Award Recipients

Mather Institute Innovative Research Bronze Award
  • PLAYING FOR POSITIVE RESULTS
    Offering Golf as an Approach to Wellness for Those with Dementia
  • MAKING MOBILITY TESTING ACCESSIBLE
    Testing Smartphone Accelerometers for Sit-to-Stand Testing
  • UNLEASHING SOCIAL CONNECTIONS
    Tracking Improvements in Loneliness in Older Adults Who Walk Their Dogs
  • TRACING AGEISM PATTERNS IN 2 CENTURIES OF LANGUAGE
    Examining Positive & Negative Trends in Phrases Related to Age
  • INVOLVING CAREGIVERS IN SUPPORT DEVELOPMENT
    Refining Software for Those with Dementia and Their Caregivers

Get an overview of the latest research that is impacting the lives of older adults

Get an overview of the most relevant research published in the past year—the studies selected as winners of the Innovative Research on Aging Awards.